Commands using bc (52)

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Prints per-line contribution per author for a GIT repository
Figures out total line contribution per author for an entire GIT repo. Includes binary files, which kind of mess up the true count. If crashes or takes too long, mess with the ls-file option at the start: git ls-files -x "*pdf" -x "*psd" -x "*tif" to remove really random binary files git ls-files "*.py" "*.html" "*.css" to only include specific file types Based off my original SVN version:

Easy and fast access to often executed commands that are very long and complex.
When using reverse-i-search you have to type some part of the command that you want to retrieve. However, if the command is very complex it might be difficult to recall the parts that will uniquely identify this command. Using the above trick it's possible to label your commands and access them easily by pressing ^R and typing the label (should be short and descriptive). UPDATE: One might suggest using aliases. But in that case it would be difficult to change some parts of the command (such as options, file/directory names, etc).

Recursively search for large files. Show size and location.

Convert any sequence of spaces/tabs to single space/tab
Remove empty lines additionally: $ tr -s ' \t\n' 2.txt identical with: $ tr -s '[:space:]' 2.txt To "clean perfectly" a text or code file, You can combine this command with another one: $ while read l; do echo -e "$l"; done 2.txt (= remove all leading and trailing spaces or tabs from all lines of a text file)

Convert .flv to .3gp
Download YouTube videos as .flv and convert them to .3gp for your mobile phone.

Turn white color to transparent for a series of png images
mogrify can be used like convert. The difference is that mogrify overwrites files: Of course, other source colors can be used as well.

show the working directories of running processes
this shows the CWD of every running `java' command. YMMV but we often switch to a working directory for each service to start and run from there -- therefore this quicly shows what is running by a more meaningful name than command alone (the -bw prevents using blocking system calls which speeds this up quite a bit in the presence of remote mounted filesystems)

Change mysql prompt to be more verbose
You can put this into your shell sourced file like .bashrc or .zshrc to have a different mysql prompt. See for more informations. Beware that currently with mysql 5.5 the seconds are buggy and won't be displayed if you put this into a .cnf file. With the enironment variable this will work.

Delete all flash cookies.
Maybe you want first check which files will be deleted: $ find $HOME -name '*.sol' -exec echo rm {} \;

find and reduce 8x parallel the size of PNG images without loosing quality via optipng

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